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This study conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) examines rates of participation in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) in calendar year 2007 by ethnicity and gender. OPM found that minorities are less likely to participate in TSP (82.5 percent of minorities versus 87.8 More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
Drawing on a comprehensive review of academic journal articles, the report reviews patterns of investor behavior that may be suboptimal and factors that may lead to such patterns. role of behavioral finance from the perspective of prospect theory, overconfidence and human sentiment, as well as More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
In 2008, the SEC commissioned a survey to evaluate "plain English" rules approved in 1998 with the goal of making mandated disclosures simpler, clearer and more useuful. Abt SBRI conducted the telephone survey on a national sample of 1000 adults who invested in stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
In theory, financial professionals are relatively distinct: A broker conducts transactions in securities on behalf of others; a dealer buys and sells securities for his or her own accounts; and an investment adviser provides advice to others regarding securities. Broker-dealers and investment More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
This environmental scan focuses on financial and/or health literacy initiatives for low-income or underserved consumers. AIR conducted a review of literature from 2005 through 2010 and conducted interviews with program officials from Federal agencies and private organizations to develop key More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
This study assessed the financial literacy of rural Oklahomans age 65 and older, their current use of and attitudes towards using credit cards and other types of consumer debt, and the consequences of increased debt for this population, based on a survey of 106 individuals. Overall, the financial More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
In response to a mandate in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, this report addresses (1) what is known about which methods and strategies are effective for improving financial literacy, and (2) the feasibility of a process for certifying financial literacy providers. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 mandated GAO to examine the relationship between fluency in the English language and financial literacy. Responding to this mandate, this report examines the extent, if any, to which individuals with limited English More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
The Financial Literacy and Education Improvement Act created, in December 2003, the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. Responding to the act’s mandate that GAO assess the Commission’s effectiveness, this report reviews its progress in (1) developing a national strategy; (2) developing a More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
This report responds to a mandate in the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act) of 2003 requiring GAO to assess consumers’ understanding of credit reporting. Based on survey responses for a national sample of 1,578 consumers, GAO found that consumers understood the basics of credit More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012